The Enforcement Body
Flight compensation regulation enforcement bodies
The flight compensation regulation does not impose any punishment on airlines which fail to comply with its provisions. Instead it requires each EU member state to designate a body or organisation (“the enforcement body”) which will be responsible for enforcing the regulation and which will have the power to punish offending airlines. The regulation does not go into any detail about the punishments which are appropriate or how the regulation should be enforced, and this is left to each individual member state to decide.
In some member states the enforcement body is particularly powerful and will fine the airline for each instance of non-compliance and order the airline to pay appropriate compensation to the passenger. In the UK the enforcement body is the Civil Aviation Authority. The Civil Aviation Authority has the power to fine airlines or strip them of their licences if it appears that they are consistently and deliberately failing to act in accordance with the regulation.
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